Job market outlook
Finding a job is an intimidating process at the best of times, and can be even more terrifying as a graduate when you look around and see everyone you know vying for the same roles. But the job outlook for public service positions isn’t all doom and gloom, and with this guide at your side, you’ll be well equipped to land yourself a grad role. Growth across public service jobs is mixed according to profession and department, but is expected to climb strongly overall.
It’s not always easy to predict the job market outlook for each government department. As policies and budgets change from year to year, government expenditure for each portfolio waxes and wanes – and so does the number of available jobs. The number of grad positions can also vary massively between departments, with some (such as Defence and the ATO) taking on up to ten times the amount of grads as others. Have a look at the graph below to see a snapshot of the grad intake at some of the federal government departments.
The key factor we’re looking at is graduate roles, and these programs remain very consistent across intake numbers. There is a high number of opportunities for talented grads.